A blog that tackles issues on basic education (in the Philippines and the United States) including early childhood education, the teaching profession, math and science education, medium of instruction, poverty, and the role of research and higher education.
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Is Being Good at Math Genetic?
The previous post, "Are You Good at Math?", describes a study that groups twins according to math abilities. The study discovers that if one of the twins is found within the group of math achievers, it is very likely that the other twin also belongs to the same group. So, perhaps, being good at math is genetic. However, looking at the group of children who struggle in math, the study finds that having one of the twins not do well in math is not a guarantee that the other twin likewise finds math difficult. Nevertheless, there is one trend generally seen, struggling in math correlates with anxiety in math.
The Association for Psychological Science has recently issued a press release:
Thus, there is a link between a child's math achievement and anxiety, and the math anxiety of the parents. This needs to be qualified, however, according to the study. It is not necessarily determined by genes. It has an environmental component. The link appears only when parents are oftentimes helping the child with his or her homework. It should be noted that what specifically a parent does that may cause a child to be anxious in math has not been addressed by the study. Nevertheless, it is obvious that there is a need for parents and educators to be made aware that math anxiety can likewise be developed at home.
TANONG: ANO ANG KTO12 PROGRAM? SAGOT: Ang Kto12 Program ng gobyerno ng Pilipinas ay tumutukoy sa pagkakaroon ng mandatory o required na kindergarten at karagdagang 2 taon sa dating 10-year Basic Education Cycle. Kung noon, pagkatapos ng anim na taon sa elementarya at apat na taon sa hayskul (kabuuang 10 taon) ay maaari nang makapagkolehiyo ang mga estudyante. Sa ilalim ng Kto12, bago makapagkolehiyo, kailangan pa nilang dumaan sa karagdagang 2 taon pagkatapos ng apat na taong hayskul. Sa bagong sistema, tinatawag na senior high school o junior college ang karagdagang 2 tao…
With the new K to 12 curriculum in the Philippines, various tracks are now offered in the last two years of basic education. The various options available obviously make it possible for students to find themselves later unprepared for the courses they decide to take in college. A student, for instance, who finishes the accounting business management (ABM) strand in the senior high school academic track, is now required to take additional courses if the student chooses to enroll in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) major in college. These additional courses which are now called "bridging programs" are either taken during the first year of college or over several weeks in the summer before college starts.
There are bridging programs in the United States, but these are different from the ones that are now appearing in colleges in the Philippines. In Coldwater High School in Michigan, for example, the "bridging program" is an option for students…
People have strong opinions about almost anything and the issue of education is no exception. How these opinions have been formed needs to be examined. This is what good research does. It informs and guides. A myriad of factors influence education and oftentimes, these factors are not independent from each other. Factors interact, sometimes these add, and other times, these subtract. General notions therefore need to be carefully drawn. Writing articles on education can also be quite challenging. When problems in basic education involve an inability to think critically, it is difficult to reach the audience and convey the correct message. Oftentimes, sarcasm is lost so such style of writing needs to be avoided. For people who are convinced of their wisdom and understanding of how education works, profound messages from basic research can be often easily lost.